A closer look at the penultimate round of the Enduro World Championship in Kastoria.
The EWC GP of Greece will be remembered for the crowning of champions Antoine Meo and Christophe Nambotin. For Meo, the Enduro 1 title marked his fourth consecutive world championship while Nambotin continued to remain king of the Enduro 3 category.
To find out when Maurizio Micheluz lasted visited the EWC podium you would have to rewind to the GP of Italy in 2008. Five years is a long time to wait, but the Italian proved there’s plenty of fight in him left when he placed third in E1 on day two.
Some residents of the lakeside town of Kastoria didn’t have to travel far to watch the action at the GP of Greece. With the best seat in the house, they chilled out on their balcony with a beer or two as the Friday SuperTest took place below them.
It’s been a long time coming but the 2011 Enduro Junior World Champion finally captured his debut senior class podium by placing third in the Enduro 1 class on day one.
He many not have won any prizes and didn’t even come close to troubling the frontrunners of the Enduro Junior class but Artemis Sfinarolakis still got a standing ovation from his Greek supporters when he finished day two.
Spare a thought for Nicolas Deparrois. The Frenchman was on course for the E1 runner-up result on day one until a mechanical problem held him back. Holding second position until the final lap, he disappointingly failed to deliver a podium result for his Greek INA TV team. He ended his day ninth.
Friday’s SuperTest also served as the GP of Greece’s Extreme Test. Optimising a disused piece of wasteland in the heart of the tourist resort, organisers filled it with everything from rock piles, log crossings, tyre jumps and of course the obligatory tabletop jump or two.
Better known his Hard Enduro skills, 17-year old South African Wade Young has spent the last two weekends in Romania and Greece on the EWC trail. With points scoring rides on all four days, he acquitted himself well.